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19
May
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Beware Fake Kaspersky Antivirus Apps

Kaspersky Lab, a Russia-based firm and one of the world's most renowned PC security companies, is warning all consumers to carefully research any antivirus application before downloading it to their computers or mobile devices. Kaspersky Lab says it ... recently discovered several fake antivirus apps on Google Play and the Windows Phone app stores . Experts Warn: Kaspersky Mobile Not Legitimate One of the fake apps is called Kaspersky Mobile, which claims to protect a mobile device like a tablet or smartphone and costs just $4 USD. The application uses Kaspersky's own logo and other branding ... (view more)

Mon
21
Apr
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Facebook Releases Controversial 'Friend Tracker' App

Facebook has officially released a new and somewhat controversial feature that allows users to track the location of their friends. But if used maliciously, the app raises major privacy concerns. The application is called "Nearby Friends" and it ... uses location information collected by smartphones. Facebook says its goal is to make it simple for people to find their friends and meet up in real life. When it's enabled, Nearby Friends shows users a list of Facebook friends who have agreed to share their location. The app can also alert a user if a friend comes within range (such as ... (view more)

Fri
27
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Apple Maps Directs Users Onto Airport Taxiway

About a year ago Apple launched its very own mapping service for the iPhone 5, which at the time had only recently launched. The service was, in our words, "hilariously awful" , and led users on wild goose chases that often ended horribly for all ... involved. Now, a full year later, we're presented with yet another shocking Apple Maps story. This time the case is based way up in Alaska, where drivers using the service were directed onto an airport taxiway -- yes, that's the area used to move airplanes from their hangars to take-off positions. Apple Maps Users Ignore Warning Signs A recent report ... (view more)

Tue
23
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

Amazon, South Americans Battle Over Domain Name

It appears unlikely that Internet regulators will allow US-based online retailer Amazon to register and control the domain suffix '.amazon'. The ruling does not affect website names, such as www.amazon.com . Instead, it's related to the new ... top-level domain system, which covers the last part of an address (otherwise known as a domain suffix). Previously, this had been limited to a few terms -- such as '.com' and '.org' -- plus individual country codes, such as '.ca' for Canada. Under the new system, run by Internet regulators ICANN, organizations can apply to register virtually any term, ... (view more)

Mon
10
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Verizon Device to Monitor TV Viewers, Tailor Ads

Verizon is developing a new product that would decide what TV advertisements to show particular viewers, based on their past viewing behavior. The new system could even select commercials by taking into account everything about you, right down to ... your mood. Although the company originally filed the patent application in May 2011, only recently has that application gone public. Other firms can now object if they believe the technology described isn't original. According to the application, one of the limits of television advertising is that it doesn't take into account what the viewer is doing ... (view more)

Tue
17
Apr
Dennis Faas's picture

Facebook App Posts Power Use, Ranks It With Others'

Facebook has launched a new tool that allows its users to compare how much electricity they consume and compare the number with their Facebook friends. The idea is to give millions of people some added incentive to cut down on their wasted ... electricity. The free application allows users to link their Facebook memberships to their power company accounts. As long as they give permission, they'll automatically have their total monthly power consumption published on their Facebook pages. The new tool will then rank each user against all their friends with the power-counting app installed. This ... (view more)

Fri
09
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

PlayBook Update Allows Android Apps, Many Fixes

Research in Motion (RIM), best known for its BlackBerry smartphone, has recently released a highly-anticipated software update for its struggling PlayBook tablet computer. The updates help to resolve interactive features of the device. The PlayBook ... was first launched in April, 2011, in an attempt to siphon off sales from the iPad. Unfortunately, it sold just 500,000 units in its first quarter of availability, only 250,000 units in the next quarter, and a disappointing 150,000 units in its third quarter. (Source: thestar.com ) Email Issues, Lack of Apps Kept Down PlayBook Sales Several factors ... (view more)

Thu
09
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft Bing App now Available on Android OS

Recently, Microsoft raised a few eyebrows by partnering with old rival Yahoo on the search and advertising front. Now, Microsoft once again looks to blur the line between friend and foe with plans to introduce their first application for Google's ... Android platform. The application will offer a host of typical Bing features: image search, movies, maps, local news and driving directions. Microsoft Flaunts Bing via Google App It seems as if Microsoft is trying to purposely highlight functions that Google does not currently offer, while flaunting their features on an Android-based (Google) ... (view more)

Mon
28
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Internet Governing Body Introduces Major Changes

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which is the closest thing to a web-wide governing body, has made several key changes to the way website addresses will work. It's added Chinese character addresses, backed a dedicated adult ... domain, and taken a further step towards tighter Internet security. The addition of Chinese characters follows a similar move last month, when Arabic script was included. It means for the first time the entire address can be written in the script, including the part at the end which indicates a country. To avoid confusion, the system isn't used for ... (view more)

Fri
21
May
Dennis Faas's picture

Google Spearheads Course in Hacking

Google has designed a new course that teaches students how to hack. Those students of Google's "Web Application Exploits and Defenses codelab" will learn how hackers uncover security vulnerabilities and exploit web applications. Jarlsberg ... Application: The 'Sitting Duck' The entire codelab uses a program called Jarlsberg as the perfect example of a "sitting duck" target. Similarly named as the kind of cheese filled with holes, Jarlsberg is a small, yet full-featured microblogging application with plenty of security holes to boot. While the Jarlsberg application allows users to publish text and ... (view more)

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